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tv   The Young Turks With Cenk Uygur  Current  September 18, 2012 4:00pm-5:00pm PDT

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deotape that's been released of the conversations heed had
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with the incredibly rich donors. michael has more details on that fundraiser. >> nbc news has learned it was secretly recorded at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser at the boca raton home. >> the original motivation was simple curiousty to see what he would say in this setting. he was encouraged to release it after talks with an atlanta political researcher names james carter, iv. >> before we go to james, mitt romney was on the fox news channel and asked you know, it was jimmy carter's grandson who broke the story. >> i hadn't heard that one
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neil, and, you know, i'm -- i'm not too concerned about the source. look, this is a message i'm carrying day in and day out and will carry over the coming months which is this is a decision about the course of america. >> god this guy's an unbelievable character darkly lit in the background. he looks like a villain out of a spiderman movie like he's going to go put on a suit and go destroy a bus or something. bring some lighting in, do something. this is a horrible campaign. the guy who hurt him was james carter iv. he's the grandson of jimmy carter and is on young turks right now. originally, you're the one who found the tapes. where did you find it, what did you do next, et cetera? >> well, i do regular searches on you tube and other video sites just to make sure that i keep up with everything that's
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being uploaded, and i use generic search terms like republican or romney and things like that and this was just in one of those searches, a clip from the fundraiser came up. >> now you find a clip, that's understandable, although it's amazing that it didn't get more attention before. bless your heart for doing the research and finding it. what happens next. how do you get it to be so well known throughout the country here? >> well that part is a little bit of a mystery to me, too. this is a little bit unexpected. the original clip that i found was about a chinese factory that romney visited during his bain capital days. i had worked with david corn at mother jones about global tech which is a company that had factories in china that matched the description and fit in the time table so the subject
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matter fit in with something i'd been working on to begin with, and that probably at the beginning is with a pushed me to pursue it, more than maybe others would have. >> all right. now, james, you know, they keep hitting your grandfather. they compare president -- oh, he's like president carter. that's supposed to be an insult. how do you feel about that? >> well, at this point, in my life i've got pretty thick skin. i can't say that it's the first time that anybody has said anything bad about my grandfather, although it's the first time that i've been old enough to understand it, and at this national level. i was too young in 1980 and 1984 where i assume this came up a lot. i'm old enough now and this is a little bit on a bigger scale than what i'm used to in that respect. >> is this a little bit of redemption? >> oh, yeah, i think so.
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a lot of my supporters and my friends on twitter have actually been saying that this is poetic justice for, you know, that it was a carter that found this video that's giving the romney campaign so much trouble a understand i agree with that. >> well, there was an email obtained by associated press from your grandfather to you saying james this is extraordinary, congratulations. papa. how did that make you feel? >> man that's -- that's great. he's always very supportive, but i don't think he's ever emailed me the word extraordinary before and so i'm pretty proud of that. >> next time one of the conservative comes on and says jimmy carter is like this or that you wanted to go out there and be like what now?
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>> well, it wasn't my original motivation but it's definitely added to the satisfaction of this moment. >> all right. by the way your grandfather not only was an incredibly decent man who was president and we can defend his record back and forth and i've interviewed him a couple of times, also helping to wipe out one of the most important diseases in the world. it's great to see somebody in the carter family sticking up for him. >> that's right. i'm glad to be the one doing it this time. >> james carter, iv, thanks for joining us on the young turks. >> thank you. >> look for more videos. look through some young turks videos and see what you get. now let's talk about the guy who put together the fundraiser, mark leader. turns out he's in the private
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equity world too. mitt romney got him into the private equity world. he doubled his money in one thing and was decides pointed. leader turns around later and goes they are making 100% profit and they're disappointed, i got to get into this business. he's got $8 billion in equity now at sun capital which he runs. here's the downside, since 2008, 25% of its companies 20% of them went bankrupt. oops. they filed for bankruptcy, but in private equity, they get rich either way. you drive them into bankruptcy, who cares. one of the companies was one of my favorites friendly's. >> the restaurant shut down 63 locations along the east coast including five in western mass after filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy. >> that was from wwlp. what made me angry about that is
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when you read into the details it turns out the reason they drove friendly's into bankruptcy is they didn't want to pay the pensions of the employees. you're making $8 billion and you're worrying about these pensions by making an extra buck that those serving us jim dandy's all their lives don't get pensions? it's guys like romney and leader who say i'm going to crush whoever's in my path to make an extra nickel. here's the stats. he's worth an estimated $400 million now, that was before his 2009 divorce. 15,000 square foot mansion near boca raton florida, where they held the fundraiser. he has a ski house in vermont i do declare. he rented out a house in bridge
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hampton for $500,000 a month. $500,000 a month! that's two middle class people in the country. god, they got so much money! but no, you guys serving ice cream, you don't get your pensions ha ha, drove you into bankruptcy to make an extra buck. >> turns out he's been having sex parties. depends on how you feel about that. here's the new york post in 2011: >> that's amazing. it sounds just like it did right before we crashed into the great depression. these guys, same things over and over, the only thing different was russian women. i like how specific it was.
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final thing from leader is his denial: >> in other words, 25 days of russian women. i'm not saying anything. i'm just saying, i'm more pissed that he closed down friendly's. when we come back, in the program, we've got a lot for you. you know what we have? we have oh, a video. i love this video. we'll show you when we come back.
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making those outrageous comments about legitimate rape. turns out they made a video called women for akin. this is hilarious. let's watch. >> a coalition of women's goal is to reach others, a humble leader. he is the best choice for missouri senate. >> we didn't doctor that. they put her in silhouette. when your character witness is in the witness protection program, does that really help your cause? women for akin are so embarrassed, they can't show their face. they had to pull the video in under 24 hours because oops, that turned out to be a massive mistake. they are doing brochures too. the theme is we think for ourselves. we just don't want you to know who we are. in fact, his daughter is prominently featured. let's look at a brochure. we think for ourselves!
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what's interesting is that none of these folks have their last names in there. also in the witness protection program, there is one dr. casey, no other name. they put these up there. this is interesting. if you go to their website you've got more women nobody's identified by their full names everybody's in the witness protection program. you see that women on the left doing the thumbs up? that turns out to be a democratic. they couldn't even find three republican women in favor of him. she's one of the people actually doing research on him and is at all these events because they want to find out what other crazy things he's saying and this fool has got a picture saying i have three women in favor of me, including my research person. oops. i suspect they were so desperate
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to find women that they had to borrow one of ours. todd akin, what would that be? i believe that would be a fail. all right man, this guy's a disaster. it's ok. his campaign contacted us and they have decided that they are also going to hide the identity of this next pepper that we are going to interview here on the young turks. they have a woman here with the akin campaign. now, i got to ask you we're protecting our identity, et cetera, but how do you feel about the views of akin on abortion? >> well, you know, one thing you are not understanding is us women really love to have our uteruses controlled by older men. i love that he wants to take away our reproductive rights. >> it seems straightly strange that your mouth is not using. how do you feel you are not
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getting equal pay for the exact same jobs as men. >> women shouldn't get actual pay. they are not as intelligent or productive as men. akin is right on the money when it comes to his denial of equal pay. >> this seems a little fishy here. are you even sure you're a woman? >> yes. >> really, why don't you come out and leme see you if you really are a woman? >> why would you ask that? >> oops. by the way, they would actually do that. what what, what do you mean? what's the problem. all right there's some chance that was jared jackson and the voice of anna. we're tricky here. >> spying operation, so they can spy on all of us here in the sufficient. it's an amazing story.
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come right back. >> the national security agency says from here, they will protect the country against cyber attacks and be able to store a universe of computer data. (vo) jennifer granholm ... >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. the powerful may steal an election, but they can't steal democracy.
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>> the ford intelligence act was amended in 2008 to allow the government to do more wiretapping of citizens. senator obama when he was in the primary said this is outrageous,
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i will not tanned for it. after the primaries he voted for it. both administrations have been complicit in this. what has resulted is a super computer in tennessee used to break encryption. >> the u.s. army is building a massive high tech facility in the utah mountains. this is it right there, in the makings. they broke ground last year and the nsa says from here, they will protect the country against kiber attacks and be able to store a universe of computer data. critics say it will be the most intrusive intelligence gathering facility on earth. >> the old soviet union would be very proud of us. that is going to cost $2 billion, it's going to be 1 million square feet, just shy of the largest in the world and
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it's going to use 65 megawatts of electricity. so you have a sense of that what that means? their electricity bill is going to be $40 million a year. that's how big it has to be to collect all the information on all of us. >> the man who broke the story james, great to have you here. >> thanks, chenk. >> tell us what's happening in utah when its capabilities are first. >> this would be an enormous center to store all the surveillance all the eavesdropping on email telephone calls tweets, searches of google searches, internet searches, that type of thing and the amount of space will be about the same floor space as the empire state building. if you can imagine the empire state building filled with
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surveillance information actually information on little disks, basically information on data that will or data that's basically more than anybody else can imagine in this country. never has there been a center this big. >> now if they were going to collect data on al-qaeda and say we have probable cause this guy is part of al-qaeda, all americans would say of course, you should do that, there's no question. i'm not sure they need a place that large for al-qaeda surveillance. that's what's got people worried. we asked the nsa today and they responded back saying: >> is that true or untrue? >> one of the people i interviewed was phillip benty. he worked at n.s.a. or 40 years
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a very high ranking most senior people at n.s.a. he virtually designed the entire system for eavesdropping overseas on foreign communications. he told me that they're basically using that same system turned it internally on the united states, which is why he left the agency in disgust after almost 40 years. one of the scary things is that romney, his campaign, top intelligence advisor is general michael hey den the same person who instituted the warrantless eavesdropping program under the bush administration, so you've got not only with one of the top presidential candidates, you've the person who initiated the warrantless eavesdropping program and now they've got an enormous data center to put it all. >> if they're allowed to wiretap
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without warrants, doesn't that give them the capability without going to a court to say hey, you know what, we decided amongst ourselves that we can wiretap anybody we like, even u.s. citizens. >> that's the problem. there's one protection created the foreign intelligence surveillance court and they were supposed to have the last say on whether an american can be overs dropped on and under the bush administration, on a program that was agreed to by president obama, they pretty much neutered the foreign intelligence surveillance court so now those protection have been watered down and they're very weak. they release no information about what they do. it's a giant black hole, everything goes in and nothing goes out. >> could they look at the emails we're reading and look at the phone calls we're making on our cell phone or what we're searching on line? >> well, sure they could.
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that's what the -- that's one of the reasons phil resigned. he told me with this system, the united states was that far away, he held his fingers up about an inch apart from a total -- from a totalitarian turnkey state. the system is there for anybody that wants to to turn the key and turn this into basically a totalitarian state. under the bush administration, it was done secretly. it was only stopped when "the new york times" discovered it and reported it. >> as i look at this story i think look, a guy sitting in the middle of missouri says i'm a plumber, they can eavesdrop on me, i got nothing to do with al-qaeda, i don't really care. number one it's a huge constitutional problem start with al-qaeda, then truly dealers, then drug users then 50% of the country. the fact that this center is so
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large and equipped says to me they want to collect everybody's information includion the plumber in missouri just in case. >> well, you can see all the mistakes they make just on the no fly list. they have all these people on there that have never done anything. all these mistakes. the intelligence community is always making mistakes and they don't tell you when they make a mistake that your name happens to be on this list. you just, you may have your son apply for annapolis or your son at west point or trying for a small business loan and they get turned down and you don't know why, but the reason may be that somebody made a mistake. you happened to move into a house that was once occupied by somebody that was communicating or had a subscription to al jazeera or something like that. that's the problem when you open the system up like this. >> thank you for joining us. by the way. >> thanks, chenk. >> when they did eavesdrop on
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our soldiers in iraq, what is the first thing they listened to? phone sex. of course! that's what they always do when they do warrantless wiretapping you let power get out of control. eliot, what do you have for us? >> chenk, i just got to tell you that story you were just talking about, hugely important. we have whistle blowers from the n.s.o. on a couple of months ago. what goes on there is without boundaries. it's unbelievable how much they're getting away with. the 47% that mitt romney has made famous, we're going to be talking about that. it's going to be an amazing thing to see how this filters out. is this the beginning of the end for mitt romney or is this going to get his base excited because this is what they believe anyway? >> we'll see you there. we'll be right back. >> all right, thank you. people when i'm upset. do you share the sense of
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outrage that they're doing this, this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>i think that's an understatement, eliot. u>> i'm not prone tot. understatement, so explain to me why that is. i think the mob learned from wall st., not vice versa.
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